02.07.2015 38 °C
We woke up to thunder and lightening. We went downstairs for a continental breakfast and the skies opened up! It rained as hard as I have ever seen. We actually got most of the car loaded in between bouts of it and then we started driving. And it poured buckets off and on for hours. I had looked at the weather map and the storm was tracking from the south and was staying west of Paris. But for hours we would outrun it for 10 minutes and we could see it in our rear view mirror. Then it would catch up to us and pelt us with huge raindrops. This went on for hours. Ron got a great experience driving the countryside and the autobahn in all conditions. We got lost a few times due to the vagaries of our GPS but it always redirected us and got us back on track and we lost little time getting to our B&B. It is now 38C outside so we decided not to go and see an attraction we had planned. Gin & Dennis returned the car to the airport and we are now waiting for them to return by cab. We will take a shuttle to the airport in the morning, thereby saving a few bucks and a bunch of time tomorrow. I have made arrangements in advance to go directly from YVR on Saturday to emergency to have my camera surgically removed from my right hand 😃. Truly it has become an extension of my arm for the past 27 days and I will just trade it for a mouse. It will take weeks more to go through all the photographs. We have a 3 hour layover at Heathrow tomorrow if all flights are on time and then we will be on our way home. It has been fun keeping our diary of this trip for you to see and I have found myself looking back at it already trying to remind myself of what happened where and when. It has been a busy, busy four weeks. There are still a ton more stories to tell. We are looking forward to seeing everybody and catching up on your lives.